The EMG will address the city’s lack of connection to the waterfront for East Midtown communities by creating a continuous 40-ft. wide esplanade over the water parallel to FDR Dr., allowing pedestrians and cyclists to experience water on both sides. The $100 million project, which will create 1.5 acres of new waterfront park space, is expected to be completed by 2022. Once open, NYC Parks will maintain the EMG.
“For far too long, areas of Manhattan have lacked accessible waterfront public space for enjoyment and safe travel,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. “I am pleased to celebrate the groundbreaking of the newest phase of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway initiative in my district, and I thank the NYCEDC, NYC Parks, and NYC DOT for their commitment to expanding waterfront space throughout NYC.”